Sunday, 1 November 2015

Peebles ride; Kailzie Hill Drove road and Glentress blue...




Saturday morning i picked up friend Craig with his pugsley and drove south to Peebles to meet Stuart and Brian at Glentress for a days cycling, Stuart`s friend Mark came along too, and Stuart led us from the forest via trails south to Cardrona Forest and we slowly climbed up through the trees...

Not cycled through Cardrona for years, My claim to fame is i won the `10 year old Medium class` South East Scottish Orienteering Championships here many moons ago!...

The weather was a bit overcast but the forecast was to brighten up...

A pic by Craig;





A pic by Craig;



Push up through the trees...



Then out onto the hill to join the Kailzie Drove road....



I rode down here last June on the inaugural The Capital Trail,  but it was misty and drizzle and i was very tired!...




The Cross Borders Drove Road is over 50 miles and can be traced from Harperrig in the Pentland Hills south to Hawick.  Here you can see the original walls that would have once lined most of the route as Cattle were moved south to market...


Up here is a fantastic place, look at that view!...


3 pics by Craig;




The route is used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders...

Kailzie Hill is one of the best parts to cycle, as it descends north down to Gypsy Glen..




4 pics by Craig;






Only 2 gates slow proceedings...




A pic by Craig;


You can read more about this classic Scottish trail Here



Gypsy Glen...



Tweed Vally Autumn gold...










Back to Glentress Centre, Mark headed home, and we headed up the hill to cycle a loop of the Blue route, adding a run down Spookywood on the Red route...






As planned we got to the top of Spookywoods just before sunset around 4.30pm...


And what a sunset!


4 pics by Craig;






It`s Halloween so got to do Spookywoods!





On with the lights and down we descended, i went ahead for some pics...



Down through the woods was an eerie mist  that drifted through, adding to the atmosphere.  a happy smiling bunch at the trail head...



This bike rips here on the blue route!, but i think i will eventually fit a front suspension fork to the Surly Krampus as it will make it more versatile for rougher trails...


We needed a wash, but that can wait until were home...


Bikes washed, then along to Peebles for fish and chips before the drive home...


More soon...







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